Portugal launches the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence
The National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence - "AI Portugal 2030" has been validated and it's running. The document, available on INCoDe.2030 website, points out that on the short-medium term, Portugal will be part of the centres of excellency network on AI, collaborating for problem-solving in the this matter, in the European context.
"AI Portugal 2030" is promoted by INCoDe.2030 Coordination Structure, in cooperation with the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), the Portuguese Innovation Agency (ANI), Ciência Viva and the Portuguese Agency for Administrative Modernisation (AMA).
The document foresees that AI will be included in educational materials at an earlier age, either integrated in the public administration services or as SMEs technologies. The goal is to explore AI different potentials in economy and society, as well as its application in areas such as sustainable energy networks, cities, forests and oceans, mobility, autonomous vehicles and health services. Its incresing use will also boost scientific research on AI in the future.
The plan in this Strategy clatifies that the investment in AI brings more opportunities and new jobs, guaranteeing the inclusion of all workers impacted by this new reality. While creating a new world of possibilities, AI will not replace human beings.
“AI Portugal 2030” Vision is based on seven pillars:
1. Promoting a better society.
2. Fostering AI skills and "digital minds” for all.
3. Promoting new jobs and developing an economy of AI services.
4. Fostering Portugal as a living lab for experimentation of new developments.
5. Securing AI niche markets through key specialized services in Portugal.
6. Contributing to new knowledge and developments through AI research and innovation.
7. Provide better public services for citizens and businesses, and adopt evidence-based approaches on public policies and decision-making processes.
The Action Plan includes seven action lines:
1. Inclusion and Education: disseminating generalist knowledge on AI.
2. Qualification and specialisation.
3. Thematic areas for research and innovation in European and international networks.
4. Public administration and its modernization.
5. Specific areas of specialization in Portugal with international impact.
6. New developments and supporting areas in European and international networks.
7. Facing societal challenges brought by AI: Ethics and safety